Either You’re Going to My Funeral or I’m Going to Yours

“Either You’re Going to My Funeral or I’m Going to Yours” was a collaborative show Chelsea Couch and I had at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, in May 2015. In the performance “Always Never Now” we appear dressed in ski masks with frilly collars banging on a homemade drum set and exchanging random words. Punctuating the performance is the refrain “Always! Never! Now!” expressing both affirmation and self-negation. Either You’re Going to My Funeral or I’m Going to Yours was our attempt to articulate frustration, urgency, and a little joy.
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Always Never Now

couple (ski masks)

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Fake Brain

In 2015 I made 3 episodes of ‘Fake Brain’ that centered around me a dirty sock puppet. This is the second episode. It also stars Daniel Lopez and Jam Tolles.

 

Cavern and Canopy/ It is and It isn’t

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As part of Austin Peay University’s Living Gallery Program Nashville artists Matt Christy and Willard Tucker were invited to collaborate on Canopy and Cavern, a temporary cob structure. It was created in 2012 during the intense heat of the summer. Cob, a mixture of clay, sand, and staw, is spread by hand and mixed by foot; this old construction technique is practiced all over the world and retains the evidence of the bodies that built it. Responsive to the site, Christy and Tucker, allowed the project to unfold over time and their experience of Clarksville Tennessee to help shape the project. Clarksville has recently undergone a rapid and familiar urban expansion and development- leading to rapid sprawl, box stores, and destroying top soil and exposing Clarksville’s orange clay dirt. A silken parachute within the building’s interior responds to the rythmns of wind and light.  This key element continually maps and re-maps the interior space, its billowing texture continuously imagining an unfolding of space free from the rational restrictions of the Cartesian grid.

Canopy and Cavern was accompanied by an interior assembly of collages, models and fragments entitled, It Is And It Isn’t. Curated by Paul Collins.

Let’s Live in Tunnels

This was a collaborative show with my brother, Joe Christy, at 40 A U gallery in Nashville.

The show also included this video.

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This was our statement:

We admonish all those who are serious about life to live in tunnels. To stop looking at architecture as pragmatic shelter. Architecture is the psychological projection of our collectively malignant minds. The over administration of our buildings causes a structural frustration that prevents us from building. Architecture is sex in space, that’s why architects are so very sexually frustrated. We brothers, we unskilled artists, who know so little about the stipulations placed on architects, only the severity of the restrictions, give them permission to play. Through play we suspend the political and ideological restrictions that govern our minds and our bodies. We suggest you take a bottle and shove it into the dry wall of your living rooms and dining rooms and bedrooms before it’s too late. We suggest underground tunnels that connect our houses to our banks and our banks to our schools. We suggest connecting bodies with tunnels. Bodies are tunnels. Moments are bodies. Buildings are bodies. Buildings are moments. A city is a series of tunnels filled with the wind of discussion. We admit that the McDonald’s playground had something right. The seeds of the Tunnel Revolution are found even in the belly of the beast, planted unknowingly in the hearts of children. The infrastructure is all there. In the meantime we suggest carrying a hammer in your pocket.